LeBron James: I’d Take a Pay Cut to Play with Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul

Bryan Brandom
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LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony first met in February 2002, when the young basketball phenoms talked before a high school showcase in New Jersey pitting the two against each other.

"At that time, I was kind of looking for that kind of brother-type of guy," Anthony told Bleacher Report's Howard Beck in a feature about the superstars' friendship.

"We was like, 'Oh, this is something that we believe probably could last for quite a while,'" James said.

And while both stars have shined since entering the NBA in the historic 2003 NBA Draft, their careers have diverged in terms of team success.

"That's part of the reason why basketball is really not much of a conversation," the Cleveland Cavaliers forward said. "Because we will refuse to allow our comparison and our rivalry over the years, that people have kind of put us together, to ruin what we've created as far as the bond…. We won't allow our friendship to be derailed."

Apparently, that friendship is so strong that, before his career is over, James would like to play with Melo and their other superstar buddies, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade.

"I really hope that, before our career is over, we can all play together," LeBron said. "At least one, maybe one or two seasons—me, Melo, D-Wade, CP—we can get a year in. I would actually take a pay cut to do that."

With LeBron's camp recently threatening an exit from Cleveland, the timing of ths quote is less than ideal.

Wade made an effort to steer clear of the conversation altoghether when asked about a reunion with LeBron.

"I don't know," Wade told the Sun Sentinel. "I heard it. I read it. But I'm not really jumping into the headlines right now. I mean, for me, I'm focused on my teammates in here. So as cool as the headlines are, it has nothing to do with what we're trying to do in here. So I'm not going to jump into the headlines.

"Don't put me in the middle of it. Don't put me in it right now."

As for Anthony, the New York Knicks star is open—but climate matters.

You hear that? That's the sound of sphincters tightening and airways panting in Los Angeles and Miami.

 

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